geoffrey beene

Minimalist 1990s Geoffrey Beene Deep Blue Silk Jersey One Shoulder Dress w Cut Out Details

Geoffrey Beene was one of the great American fashion designers and he was recognized for both his artistic and technical skills. He launched his label in 1963 and a piece from his very first collection landed on the cover of Vogue. A Coty award followed a year later. In 1984 the Council of Fashion Designers created the annual Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award in honour of Beene's fashion legacy. This is an absolutely fantastic dress and one of my favourites that I've ever had come into the shop.

This dress is absolutely gorgeous and as good as it looks in the photos, it is even better in person. The deep deep blue silk jersey fabric glides effortlessly over the body and falls like a dream. The jersey is light and fine and this allows it to move beautifully as you walk and move. The dress is suspended from a single wide strap that curves over one shoulder. At the front the jersey extends out from the bodice to meet that strap at the top of the shoulder. It angles down low across to the other side and then curves around to the back. The back is set on a softer angle to leave the one side of your upper back bare. I love that in both sides where the strap curves over the shoulder there is a cut out that leaves an extra little keyhole of skin bare and exposed. Starting just under the bust on the more bare side of the bodice is a small padded seam that curves down towards the other side. Another seam sits under that that curves on an opposite angle and part of that seam is also padded. This gives a slight definition around the waist and plays on the bias cut of the dress. From under that the skirt opens out and falls to the floor in a beautiful column widening out as it nears the floor.There is more fabric in the skirt than you at first expect, and as you walk, this moves fantastically around you. The effect this has once on and when you move is fantastic. It is fabulous on the body. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a hidden set side zipper. The bias cut of it does have some stretch and should allow it to fit a range of sizes. 

Bust: 15-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 62" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4474

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